Galesburg, IL -- Many highly-respected coaches look to their seniors to help right the ship when things aren't going as well as they'd like.
Beloit College Men's Basketball head coach Brian Vraney probably had the same thoughts going into Saturday's game at Knox College, having lost three of four. And, along with a good shooting performance overall, the Buccaneers' two seniors answered the call in an 84-73 win.
Steve McAfee, on the edge of being the fourth-leading scorer in Beloit history, scored 31 points and Rudy Bentley tied a career-high with 25 points to lead Beloit to a much-needed victory.
The Bucs came out of the gate hot and raced to a 24-8 lead just over eight minutes into the game behind eight points from Bentley and six from McAfee. The Prairie Fire responded with an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to pull back within five but Beloit stemmed the tied and held a 46-37 advantage at the break.
The Buccaneers built their lead back up to 16 midway through the second half and never let it dip under double digits the rest of the way.
Beloit finished at 58.5% (31-53), including 65.4% (17-26) in the first half while holding Knox to 44.8% (30-67) for the game, just 39.4% (13-33) in the second half.
McAfee added 11 rebounds to his scoring total while Bentley had six rebounds, five assists and four steals to his output, which included four three-pointers. Andrew Bremner finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and a career-best seven assists and Tanner Smith 10 points.
The Bucs look to continue the winning feeling when they host MWC-leader St. Norbert College on Tuesday night. Tip off is at 5:00 p.m.